Gateway to the Kimberley


Chris Frame travels to Broome International Airport in northwestern Australia and discovers a very busy facility supporting a host of different operations, from holiday and business travel through to the important work provided by The Royal Flying Doctor Service

Airnorth Embraer E170, VH-ANV (c/n 17000280), and QantasLink Airbus A320, VH-VQU (c/n 2455) on turnaround during a busy period at the Kimberley hub. All photos author

Waiting on the apron at Qantas’ domestic terminal at Perth Airport is Airbus A320-200, VH-VQU (c/n 2455) River Red Gum, resplendent in its newly applied QantasLink livery. Having just arrived from the Western Australian outback town of Newman, the aircraft is quickly turned around and is soon ready for its next service; the 1,367-mile (2,200km) journey north to Broome, the largest city in the Kimberley region.

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